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College Teaching Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education



Five Required Courses



20 quarter credits

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Theory and Methods of Educating Adults

In this course, learners study adult learning theory and learning styles and preferences. Course topics include adult education theories, principles of adult learning, and methodology for best practice in adult education. Learners also reflect on their personal educational philosophy and practice. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Teaching Adults

This course presents best practices of higher education teaching. Learners evaluate multiple teaching models and strategies and their underlying theoretical and research bases. Learners also examine cultural influences on teaching and learning; identify ways to incorporate technology into the teaching-learning process; and assess their teaching dispositions and educational philosophy. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Classroom Assessment in Education

Learners in this course explore evidence-based classroom assessment and evaluation practices and apply a variety of tools and strategies to assess and evaluate learning. Learners also develop appropriate formative and summative classroom assessment techniques that address intended learning outcomes and promote learning in a global society. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8320 *
Practicum in College Teaching

This practicum provides learners with experiences consistent with the role of a college or university instructor. Under the guidance of the course instructor, learners observe and assist in the instruction of an online course in the Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching sequence. As teaching assistants, learners apply learning theory, respond to unit discussions, summarize unit postings, provide additional unit-specific resources, and participate in an inter-rater reliability activity. This course is not available as an elective to learners outside the Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): ED7311, ED7312, ED7712.

4 quarter credits

Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning

This course focuses on the evaluation and development of curriculum for adult learners. Learners in this course incorporate trends, theories, models, various instructional strategies, and technology as employed in designing 21st-century learning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Online Course Design, Facilitation, and Assessment

In this course, learners examine online andragogy from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Learners gain an understanding of the tools available in learning management systems and online learning platforms, and learn how to use them to apply concepts of adult learning theory to improve the online learning experience and participant satisfaction. Finally, learners design and assess their own online class. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits






20 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This certificate does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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